Voters in Kansas rejected a constitutional amendment by 59 percent to 41 percent on Tuesday that would have ended state constitutional rights to abortion. It was the first statewide vote on abortion since the Dobbs decision in June and marks a significant win for abortion-rights advocates in a conservative state. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses why the amendment failed by such a wide margin and whether the issue of abortion will motivate voters in other elections this fall. The team also looks at the primary winners in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan and Washington to get a better sense of the kinds of messages that are potent in both parties.
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